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beautiful model -- >> it's a fun production and watch it. >> we start this morning with a shocking valentine's day tragedy. >> a nation in shock. >> it's devastating, tragic. >> the world renowned olympian oscar pistorius has been charged with murder in the death of his girlfriend. >> for a week, the world has watched the triumphant story of oscar pistorius turned to tragedy. just last summer, this was oscar pistorius. the first amputee ever to compete in the olympic games. and a source of enormous pride for a sports-crazed nation. today, a totally different scene. >> yesterday we called him a hero. some people say he should just be put to the the sword. >> a flood of confusing details.
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>> the neighbors did hear gunshots. >> she died in his arms. >> but everyone agrees on a simple tragic fact. on valentine's day, oscar pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend reeva steenkamp, leaving a family without their daughter and a nation without its hero. >> hello, i'm randi kaye, welcome to this special hour of "anderson cooper 360." millions of people around the world have been asking questions, arguing the evidence, riveted by every detail since that killing. those details emerged in sharp relief during a four-day court proceeding to determine whether the blade runner, oscar pistorius, remains free until trial. he will, but for three of those four days, it was hard to tell and impossible to turn away. in this hour, we're going to walk you through those days and what lies ahead.
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we'll show you the evidence and lay out the case with our legal and forensic experts. first a look at how we got here including the rare legal decision to introduce an account of that fateful morning in oscar pistorius's own words. it was february 14th, valentine's day, long before dawn. and something awful was about to happen inside the home of track star oscar pistorius. by 4:15 a.m. the lead investigator would arrive to find oscar pistorius's girlfriend dead killed by three gunshots that pistorius had fired. was it murder or a terrible mistake? we may never know the real story, but oscar pistorius wants us to know his story. detailed in this it rare affidavit he gave the court. hours before the fatal shooting, pistorius says it was a normal
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evening at home for him and his girlfriend reeva steenkamp. a quiet dinner, then tv and bed for him, yoga for her. it seemed perfect. we were deeply in love and i could not be happier, i know she felt the same way. she had given me a present for valentine's day but asked me to only open it the next day. according to the affidavit, he and reeva fell asleep, then suddenly hours later pistorius jolted awake. his valentine celebration was about to take a deadly turn. i woke up, went on to the balcony to bring the fan in and closed the sliding doors shs the blinds and the curtains. i heard a noise in the bathroom and realized that someone was in the bathroom. i felt a sense of terror rushing over me. there are no burglar bars across the bathroom window and i knew that contractors who worked at
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my house had left the ladders outside. although i did not have my prosthetic legs on i have mobility on my stumps. pistorius says he was too afraid to turn on the light. i grabbed my 9mm pistol from underneath my bed. he screamed at the intruders to get out. he told the court and made his way through the pitch dark to the bathroom. i realized that the intruder was in the toilet because the toilet door was closed and i did not see anyone in the bathroom. i heard movement inside the toilet. and then i fired shots at the toilet door and shouted to reeva to phone the police. >> to me the instinctive thing, you hear sounds in the bathroom. if only to say, honey, did you hear that? you do that first before you move to the bathroom to fire shots. did you hear that? you stay here. i'll go see what's going on.
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you stay here, i'm going to go check. but none to have that happened. he claims he jumped out of bed, got his gun and fired right into the toilet. >> when the shooting stopped, pistorius writes i moved backwards out of the bathroom, keeping my yiens on the bathroom entrance. everything was pitch dark in the bedroom and i was still too scared to switch on a light. reeva was not responding. pistorius made his way to the bed where he says he thought he'd find reeva. he writes, when i reached the bed, i realized that reeva was not in bed. that is when it dawned on me that it could have been reeva that was in the toilet. i returned to the bathroom calling her name. i tried to open the door but it was locked. i rushed back into the bedroom and opened the sliding door exiting on to the balcony and scream screamed for help.
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but other witnesses share a much different version of events. one says he heard nonstop fighting between 2:00 and 3:00 a.m. and an investigator told the court another witness heard gunshots, a woman screaming, then more gunshots. by the time it was over, reeva steenkamp was fatally wounded behind the bathroom door. she was struck three times in the hip, elbow and in the head. next pistorius says he put on his prosthetic legs and ran back to the bathroom. when he couldn't kick the door open, he used his cricket bat to open the door. he found reeva slumped over, but alive. pistorius says he frantically made calls for help. first to his estate supervisor and then paramedics, all before picking up reeva's bloody body. as he tells it, i battled to get her out of the toilet and pulled
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her into the bathroom. he phoned net care for help and unlocked the front door. according to the affidavit, pistorius had been told not to wait for the the ambulance o so he returned to the bathroom and picked her up. i carried her downstairs. i tried to render the assistance to vera that i could, but she died in my arms. it was over and oscar pistorius was responsible. >> he's in extreme shock. he's grieving and i don't expect him to get over it even soon. >> prosecutors say this was no mistake. they tell a tale of premeditated murder, a boyfriend fuelled by rage after a long night of arguing. a woman vulnerable, pistorius calculating an angle, taking aim
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at the toilet where vooe va was and firing. >> the defense is not going to dispute he shot through the bathroom door. they are not going to dispute that the angle of the bullets was what it was. they say the angle showed trajectory was that it was downward and to the left, which the prosecution is indicated is significant because it looks as though he was aiming at someone on the toilet as opposed to someone hiding in the bathroom itself. >> still so many unanswered questions such as how did reeva enter the bathroom unnoticed? pistori pistorius's defense says she slipped boo the bathroom when he first got up to close the balcony door. and why would reeva lock the door? was she trying to protect herself from pistorius or an intrud intruder. his defense team argues reeva locked the door because she heard pistorius yelling at an
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intruder to leave. what about the bloodied cell phones inside the bathroom? how did they get there? so much evidence to unravel and an investigation far from over that may have been bungled from the start. pistorius's defense lawyer says his team found a bullet in the toilet that police had mised and it turns out investigators entered pistorius's home without wearing protective foot covers because they had run out of them. >> by the time the investigators got there, the lawyer and the brother were already there. so that scene was heavily contaminated before the investigators could secure the scene itself. one of the things is taking a look at what most investigators do is what's the residue, what kind of hairs or fibers are
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there, was any type of evidence disturbed and so it's going to complicate their investigation in a fairly large way. >> an investigation that's already been complicated by celebrity, publicity and oscar pistorius's odd offering to the court about his girlfriend's last breath. in granting bail about $112,000, the judge took care and about two hours to explain his decision. he barred cameras from court today so we only have audio as he laid out points of the law and raised questions of his own about each side including this. >> i have difficulty in appreciating why the accused did not ascertain the whereabouts of his girlfriend when he got off the the bed. i have difficulty also in coming to the terms that the accused did not seek to verify who was
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in the toilet when he could have asked. i also have difficulty in appreciating why the deceased would not have screamed back from the toilet. i was difficulty understanding why they would not of like mind in those circumstances escaped through the bedroom door, then venture into the toilet. >> the judge did not consider those questions reason enough to deny bail, but if this case does go to trial, they will come up again. i talked about it with roby robyn ker. >> i was in there and it was a small courtroom. far too small for this kind of case. it was very hot. often we found ourselves wiping away beads of sweat. then again this pualpable sense
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of tension. when the magistrate made that final exhaustively long final judgment. >> over the course of this case so far, we have seen many faces of oscar pistorius from distraught and stoic and withdrawn. what was he like at the bail hearing? >> definitely a sense that oscar has withdrawn into himself. whether this is a combination of shock, exhaustion, mental state that's perhaps not entirely healthy at the moment. but this is a man who really i think is coming to terms with the fact that he did something absolutely terrible. >> certainly a lot of attention paid to this case. you see the cameras in the courtroom every day. the media chased the car carrying pistorius as it left the courthouse. is that right? >> i think there's been such a media interest in this. the chasing, i think that was slightly disturbing because it looked like they were motorcycle riders following him basically
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to the house where he's going to live. so there was that sense that a pack was hunting him. whether that's right or not, you have to ask this is a man who admitted to murdering his girlfriend on valentine's day. and there's a huge media interest. >> what's next for him then? he can't go home. he went back to his uncle's house after the bail hearing. what happens now? >> in terms of what's next, he has to prepare for a monumental, life-changing trial. e he has a smart team of people around him. they are going to be preparing him and talking him through this. this is going to a day job. whether he starts training again, that's also another question. let's not forget reeva. all the drama and chaos and the twists and turns and bomb shells that we have seen in court. just remember sitting quietly in a small town is a family that's broken as well. >> absolutely. thank you very much.
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sequence of events would by the time that the state is ready have more pieces of the puzzle. >> a lot to talk about starting with the drama in and around this bail hearing. joining me is mark geragos, co-author of "mis-trial." also jeffrey toobin and capetown law professor kelly phelps. jeffrey, let me start with you on this. the state had an uphill climb trying to show that oscar pistorius was a flight risk. were you surprised bail was granted? >> my understanding was extraordinary circumstances, which is the burden that pistorius had to meet is a tough burden. but the judge who did a thorough job focussed a lot on the issue of was there really a risk of flight? it was very hard for the the
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prosecution to argue in seriously that oscar pistorius was going to flee. without a passport, being such a celebrity, having a very con speck wous disability. the idea he was going to flee was implausible and that was the key to him getting bail. >> this may be the one thing you agr agree. you said he would be granted bail. >> i thought that the magistrate telegraphed it early on in this hearing. and i think the big problem for the prosecution is they overplayed their hand. if they handled this differently, they might have been able to get this magistrate not go give him bail. but they misplayed this entire hearing. number one, saying that -- so overstating the flight risk and coming in with this idea he has a house here and accounts there. when he's cross examined and say where's your evidence of the house, i heard it it somewhere. that's not the kind of stuff that's going to go over well
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with the magistrate. i thought that given all of that, and he may be the fastest human in the world, but he's never going to escape the tabloid media. >> kelly, you're an expert in south african law. did anything about this ruling surprise you? the magistrate took a long route before announcing his ruling. is an hour and 45 minute ruling par for course? >> it's certainly not par for the course at bail proceedings. it was an exceptionally long bail decision he rendered. it didn't surprise me though because he knew how much was at stake in terms of this decision and how controversial it was going to be. so he was really demonstrating just what a considered decision e he had made and he applied his mind fully to all of the arguments that were raised by both parties in reaching his decision. his decision is the correct decision and defensible. >> and the bail itself, a little more than $100,000 sounds low
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certainly in terms of the american legal system. what do you make of that? >> in south african terms, it's a million rand, which is actually a fortune of money for most south africans. it wouldn't be considered a low amount to place from a local perspective. >> larry, the magistrate took the lead detective to task on how he collected evidence and how his team worked. that detective has been removed from the case. how big of a setback is that for the prosecution? in terms of evidence, how much will this case depend on forensics? >> there's no question in my mind this case will be resolved by analysis of forensic evidence. and we will then be able to tell whether the evidence is consistent with the after the of mr. pistorius or not. and that will talk to his credibility. i think the crime scene work is very crucial because you have to start off with pristine evidence to analyze it and secure the information that you're looking
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for. and the fact of the matter is that people are supposed to wear booties on their shoes to protect the scene from contamination. >> and they didn't. they said they simply ran out of them. >> not only didn't, but the removal of the guy who was first on the scene, the lead detective, he's out of there now. the defense is going to have the people that they brought in able to testify. they are the ones that discovered the shell in the toilet area that was not picked up. they are the ones who are going to look like, we did this right. the other guys were a bunch of bumbling idiots. >> even though mistakes were made, don't you think there's enough evidence that we'll know a lot more about how this crime unfolded? >> no question. botched crime scene is certainly not good for the prosecution, but it's not fatal to the prosecution's case. i think when you look at all the evidence, which we haven't heard about yet. there's a lot we don't know.
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we don't know the toxicology report. but just from what we do know already, the spatter evidence on a number of items in the bathroom, this is going to be very telling. >> e let me ask you about the case so far. as a defense attorney, what stood out to you? are there weaknesses in the defense's case? >> there's always weaknesses in the defense's case. >> that does have a problem. >> i understand that. those are problems. but i will tell you that this is a defense lawyer's dream in terms of the way the prosecution has brought this up. it's not often that you get in the second day of your bail hearing it's revealed that the lead detective is facing seven attempted murder counts. that is, you say, thank you, lord. that is unbelievable. then in addition to that, he hasn't even looked at the item that he has floated out there as an urban legend that his
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testostero testosterone. he didn't even read the whole word and then didn't test it. those kinds of things, i think, get into the ether. those become irreparable for the prosecution. but we don't have a jury. >> stick around. we want to look ahead is and talk about what's next this this case after this dramatic week. plus oscar pistorius is recognized around the world and revered by his fans. coming up, how he became a hero to so many. and what you may not know about his past. later, all the plans reeva steenkamp had for her future died with her. for her family, it's an incomprehensible loss. you'll hear from her brother, when we return. what do you see? um, i see a duck. be more specific. i see the aflac duck. i see the aflac duck out of work and not making any money. i see him moving in with his parents and selling bootleg dvds out of the back of a van.
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>> all of this kind of pa paranoia -- it now goes to a junl. there's no jury system there. it has a lot to do with the the makeup of society. help us understand how judges are schooled to deal with cases without the aid of a jury. >> we believe that judges spend their entire working lives being immersed in the law and trained in the law and schooled towards being objective in applying their minds to the law in a neutral way. and that is the safeguard for justice. we also every aspect of our legal system is enviewed with our constitution and our constitutional law. and the constitution itself really was a very collaborative process that is an expression of the people of south africa. in that prospect, they have a
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voice in the law and an influence in the law, but not in terms of deciding individual cases. >> mark, as you and i talked about, the magistrate commended pistorius for offering this it very, very complete and thorough affidav affidavit. his version of the events for the record. he even said it helped him in making his decision to grant him bail. couldn't that come back to haunt him? >> absolutely. they made the calculated decision. they said this case is infinitely better if he's out and not in for a multitude of reasons. for the lawyer's standpoint, i can't tell you how important it is to have the client out in terms of preparing a case. number one. and number two, i think they felt strongly that they had been out to that scene, even though they haven't, i assume, gone through all of the expert forens forensic analysis they are going to do, they took a look at the door and have an idea what the ballistics are going to come back to.
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i think they understand whether or not somebody could have heard screaming or not. so there's a certain amount of that that's probably not going to come back to bite him. there are other things that are problematic if it comes back. the toxicology for instance. >> it's true that there are problems with the prosecution's case. there are problems with the defense case, that's for sure. today it looks like it cries out for a plea bargain. south africa, as i understand it, has an active plea bargaining culture, as do we in the united states. there is culpable homicide out there as a possible compromise from premeditated murder. and given the fact that everybody agrees that pistorius fired the shots that caused the fatal injuries, it just seems to me that now that he's going to be out on bail, the preparations could last a long time, i would not be at all surprised to see
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this case end in a plea. >> so no trial? >> today or the day before when he made the argument, the defense lawyer, he argued that this is a culpable homicide. so that's almost a telegraphing of, look, this might be something that's acceptable. this may be somewhere this case could end up. >> as a forensics expert, really in his affidavit in his version, it serves as a road map for someone like yourself. >> it was a terrible mistake to write a detailed affidavit. the burden is on the prosecution, not on the defense. he had to say something, but you don't give such great detail because every single part of that affidavit can be verified or not verified by the evidence. the evidence doesn't lie. it's a matter of interpreting it. but clearly if he says he was in one position and the evidence says something different, there goes his credibility. >> i thought exactly the same
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thing when i read the affidavit. but mark has a point here. that affidavit turned out to be very important in getting him bail. >> that's not the case. >> there's leverage in the case. >> i'm right because i agree with you. >> what do you think is going to be the most important piece of forensic evidence? >> i would think that the ballistics evidence would be crucial here. >> the angle? >> the difference in the story has to do with whether he was wearing his prosthetic legs or not. that would change his height, the position of the gun. there's a lot we can tell with forensics. we can talk about the distance between the muzzle and the door. we can look at the victim. so we have a lot of information about bullet trajectories. so if his story is inconsistent or the angles and the height, if
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it doesn't connect with what he said, he is in deep, deep trouble. >> in the affidavit he said his put the prosthetics on after the shooting. >> the judge raised a very breasting issue that i think is unresolved at this point. part of the prosecution theory is that she brought her phones into the bathroom because she was scared. she wanted to call for help. but the judge said there was no evidence of whether she did in fact call for help. >> they never checked the cell phones. >> someone will. and that will be significant. >> what's interesting is one of the phones has blood spatter, the other doesn't. that pattern is very crucial. is it it blowback from the gun? is that what we're talking about? did somebody touch it with a transfer of blood? it's crucial to know what kind of pattern. >> so two key statements from the defense, mark. one is that oscar pistorius says that his girlfriend had slipped into the bathroom while he was closing the balcony door. that's why he didn't know she wasn't in the bed.
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also she had locked the bathroom door only because she heard him yelling there was an intruder in the home. how much weight do those arguments have? >> i don't know that those are going to be the kind of thing that this case turns on. i think whether he was wearing the prosthesis, because all of this feeling vulnerable, shooting and going off is more plausible if he does not have on his legs. >> we'll continue to watch it no doubt. see if it goes to trial or not. jeffrey toobin, mark, kelly, thank you all very much. we have seen oscar pistorius in a new light. a murder suspect in a tragic killing. until now, he was best known as an inspiring athlete who accomplished what no one had before him. how he got from there to here, ahead. uminous protein in jellyfish,
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many of us watched oscar pistorius make history at the london olympics. a double amputee who changed the way the world sees disabilities. before he reached the olympics, he made his name at the
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paraolympics. here's what he told me about the blade runner when whe talked earlier. >> i'm compete ago long side him. he was an inspiration to me. he went out of his way to help me out and give me insight. i was new to running and he's a veteran to the track and field world. he gave me a lot of information. >> other friends of pistorius and steenkamp have been speaking out this week as well. kevin last saw the couple last month. >> oscar was very loving, happy, by no means was he mbehaving. he was a good guy. never was he reckless or aggressive towards anyone. when i saw them together, they were in love. oscar was a very loving person. by no means did i think their
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relationship was in jeopardy. >> tonight those closest to pistorius just like those of us who have never met him are trying to wrap their heads around what's happened here. it's an extraordinary turn in a story that has never been routine. ♪ >> oscar pistorius was never like everybody else. >> i was missing the backbone in your leg. >> he was born that way and had both legs amputated at the knee before his first birthday. >> i grew up in a family where disability was never an issue. we didn't really speak about my disability. not because it was a topic that was taboo or we thought -- that's the mentality i have had. >> a mentality that drove him to
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succeed to walk by 17 months, to overcome the pain of his parent's divorce and later the grief of losing his mother. to race and compete. >> sports have been a big part of my life. we grew up in south africa where most kids enjoy the outdoors. i was never an academic so i had to find something where i enjoyed. from a young age, my mother said to us, sports are about being the best, but it's about giving your best. >> when he smashed his knee playing rug by oscar took up track to help him heal, a decision that would change his life. within the year, he would be his first gold at the para olympic games using cheetah blades,
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nicknaming him "the blade runner." >> you can see the sense of gravity. it's pretty difficult to balance on. with you're wearing them, if you're standing still, you have to put your foot down the whole time. >> he was becoming a living legend, a hero in a battered nation, a media darling. his story captured worldwide attention. his prosthetics were inspiring to me. but controversial to others. >> i have been a big advocate for fair play. when it comes to the legs i use, they have been made since 1996 and made other pairs. just from a practical point of view, there have never been athletes that run close to the the times i'm running on the 400. >> they were deemed an advantage to him, but it didn't stop him from competing. >> since i started running in 2004, most of my races have been races against able-body athle s
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athletes. . we just have a lot more races every season. i started running the circuit. i missed the olympics in '08 by a quarter of a second. i said if i get this opportunity again, i definitely don't want to miss it. >> that opportunity came at the 2012 london olympics. pistorius caused a sensation when his appearance at the games. to some, a symbol of triumph over adversity. and his star kept rising. pistorius picked up prime sponsorships from major brands like nike. >> i have that addiction to perfection when i'm off the track as well. >> who featured him in this 2011 ad with the slogan "i am the bullet in the chamber." >> this is my weapon. this is how i fight. >> now nike is suspending their relationship with him.
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pistorius' fame and success made him a role model for all people. >> east done well and everybody is proud of him. >> being an international sportsman, there's a lot of responsibility that comes with it. remembering that there are kids out there that look up to you is definitely something you need to keep in the back of your mind. >> pistorius had his fans, but also had his critics. he was known for having a quick temper, but friends and family say that didn't mean he would ever hurt anyone, especially not his girlfriend reeva steenkamp. >> they were in love. oscar was a loving person as well as reeva. by no means did i think their relationship was in jeopardy. they were very loving. it's very sad because it was a big shock to us to hear what happened. >> pistorius used to say his life was a blessing. he was able to overcome his disability and prove himself on the field over and over again
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because i don't want it to get tainted. i don't want anything coming in the way of his career. he's such an amazing athlete". we have been hearing from reeva's family members as they grapple with the loss and look for the truth about what happened to her. here's what reeva's brother and cousin had to say. >> for me, it's very, very hard to think about reeva dying in a violent way. and i don't want to go to the place where i have to imagine her being frightened and scared and running for her life. that for me is very difficult. i have lots of questions, lots and lots of questions. but i believe that it when the trial starts, the truth is going to come out and we'll get to the bottom of this. >> at a time like this when people are grieving, i think it's hard to keep a clear mind on anything.
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and with the added pressure and the media coverage and the interest from the world looking into this story, it's rather unnatural situation so i suppose i would agree with everyone from one side to the other, we just don't know. all that we want is we want to know the truth. and i think that's what everyone else would like as well. to be able to make something of this, to deal with this and have something positive come out of this. >> now for a closer look at who reeva steenkamp was, here's gary tuckman. >> reporter: beautiful, smart, reeva steenkamp had a big future ahead of her. she had worked as a paralegal but was gaining international fame as a world class model. she e had come a long way from the sleepy town where she grew
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up to the bright lights and big city of jo ha nance burg, south africa, where she was shot to death by oscar pistorius. to those who loved her, it's inconceivable. >> reeva is not supposed to be dead. she had her whole life ahead of her. she was going to be doing great things. >> but for reeva steenkamp, great things were already happening. in 2011 and 2012 she was ranked as one of the 100 sexiest women in the world. >> she was a by key e knee model, beautiful, gorgeous girl, but she had a wicked sense of humor. so she got it and she kind of understood the industry she was in. really intelligent. always fun to work with. >> when she started dating
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pistorius, a south african power couple was born. >> let's e see what's behind door number one. >> reporter: and in 2013 reeva was making her reality television debut. it was shot in jamaica. >> my name is reeva and i'm a model. we're in jamaica this year. be jealous. >> reporter: the first episode of the show still aired this week in reeva's honor, producers say, just days before her funeral. a private ceremony attended by more than 100 friends and relatives including her father, her mother and her uncle mike. >> we are all here today as a family. there's only one thing missing and that's reeva. >> there's a space missing.
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>> we're going to keep all the positive things we remember and know about my sister and we will try to continue with the things that she tried to make better. we'll miss her. >> reporter: the family is grief stricken and bewildered. reeva's mother telling the local paper "all we want are answers, answers as to why this had to happen. why our beautiful daughter had to die like this." as it turned out, reeva was voted off the reality show, but if she was sad, it didn't show. instead she left with warm, lovely thoughts for all those she'd met on the island. >> you literally fall in love with jamaica and being in love with love. it's one love. i'm going home with sort of a sweet taste in my mouth. i don't have any regrets. i don't have any. i'll take home with meso many amazing memories and things that
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